If you have never exercised in the heat, you might be apprehensive. Why the heat? How hot is it? What will happen to me? Will I pass out? Can I leave the room? Should I eat before class?
Well, here’s what you can do to help the heat be amazing for you!
Prepare for class by drinking water throughout the day. Bring a water bottle with you. Take an electrolyte supplement immediately after class. We recommend and sell Superieur Electrolytes, but any electrolyte supplement product will do .
Come on an empty stomach, or have a small snack (like an apple with nut butter) an hour before the class. Avoid the big burrito before your class as this can cause nausea during your practice.
You may feel light-headed, nauseous, and/or dizzy in your first few classes. This is normal and will subside over time as your body gets used to moving in the heat.
Stay in the room and acclimate. Acclimation in your first goal. Be in the room and feel hot. Sit down and watch the class. Child’s pose is a nice way to drop your heart rate if you are feeling overwhelmed. The more time you are in the room, the less hot you will feel.
The heat is addicting. I’ve seen many heat skeptics ONLY want to practice in the heat after they acclimate.
The heat will warm your body and you will simply move better. You will gain more mobility with very few warm-up exercises. Your heart rate will elevate increasing the cardiovascular benefits.
You will sweat … a lot. The rooms have industrial strength humidifiers. The humid air is amazing for your lungs. The humid air will also help promote sweating. We’ve heard, “I’ve never sweat so much in my life,” countless times. Be sure to bring a towel to soak it all up.